Friday, 21 March 2014

Part 2

As promised, some more picture from last week game.

The Chaos and Orcs mix it up on our left flank!

Whilst the Undead boys whoop some ass on the right flank!

Meanwhile, Dave's general decides this might be a good time to get out of dodge!

This game is still in progress, so I will post more pics once it is completed!


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Sean of the DEAD!

This Friday we were very happy to be joined by Sean, for his first AoA outing. Once again Dave and I teamed up with 2000 points of Orcs each, whilst Ade and Sean had 2000 points of Chaos (Ade) and 2000 points of Undead (Sean). We played the standard "tournament" style game both sides looking to push the other to 30% losses or better.

Not a battle report as such, as again this was really a basic training session, but some nice pictures to feast your eyes upon.

The Orc heros!

The Orc infantry marches to battle!

Supporting fire!

A couple of new unit types, flyers and vehicles, to try out the rules!

Orc cavalry was in available in large numbers!

A few pictures from the game.

Orc left and right.

Unholy Alliance left and right.

More to follow soon!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Progress report

Firstly an apology. Last Friday we did finish the game that we started on the 28/01/14. Unfortunately, my camera battery died before I could take a single photo, so I will just give a brief rundown of how it went.

Many warriors on both sides were lost. Dave's flank suffered heavily at the hands of the Chaos elite troops, whilst on my flank Ade’s lower quality troops were roughly handled by my Orcs. The decisive moment came from a "slight dodgy" ballista hit on the elite Chaos Chosen Knights, which killed enough to make them flee. This meant that both sides reached 30% loses at the same time, so both had to test. The Orcs got lucky and passed their army morale, the Chaos were less fortunate and failed - handing a very jammy win to the Orc commanders.

Another of our gaming group, Sean, was able to come along and watch that night. He has been interested in playing AoA with us for a while, and this game really fired him up to join in. The upshot is that this Friday we will repeat this format of the game. Dave and I will again bring 2000 points of Orcs each, whilst our opponents will be Ade with 2000 points of Chaos and Sean with 2000 points of Undead. With luck I will remember to charge my camera battery so that I can share some images with you.

In other news, most of Stoke Wargames Group went down to Alumwell this Sunday for the WMMS wargames show. This show has been a big favourite of ours over the years, and usually is considered to be one of the best shows on the calendar. I thought that this year was slightly below par, as usual there were some very nice demo games to see (Zulu's seemed to very popular this year for some reason), but otherwise I thought it was very uninspiring (unless you love laser cut mdf terrain which seems to be everywhere atm). Also, it may have just been me, but I thought that it didn't seem to be very well attended this year. Still it was good to see all the guys from the club as well as some old friends from the community. Special mention for the guys from our own club who put on a very nice looking (and worryingly topical) Crimean War demo.

Finally, Dave and I went to see my old trading buddy Tom this week. Dave picked up some nice additions to his Barbarian and Orc armies, whilst I acquired this beast to bolster my growing Giant collection. Giant Kings Army coming to a battlefield soon I think!

He comes from Black Scorpion miniatures, with a few extra bits and bobs added on.


Sunday, 2 March 2014

To Battle (28/02/14)

So, after witnessing last weeks battle, Dave was all fired up to take his lovely old school Orc army out for a spin. As there was going to be 3 of us we decided that Dave and I would take 2000 points of Orcs each and ally up, whilst Ade would up his Chaos boys to 4000 (roughly split into 2 2000 point chunks in case anybody else turned up and wanted to play). Strangely, both Dave's and my armies ended up looking pretty similar. We both had a unit of 10 Boar Boyz, a unit of 10 Longbow Orcs and 2 units of 20 Orc warriors. The only real difference was that Dave included some Trolls and a Giant, whilst I took a ballista and my new fav's the pumpwagons!

This is my army.

This is the positions early in the game (the Chaos stuff had just made its first move of the game at this point). Ade had put most of his best quality stuff on our left, the side that poor old Dave had ended up on. This left me facing a horde of low quality Marauder units.

The formidable Chaos center!

The brave Orc battleline!

On our extreme left Dave's Giant, Boar Boyz and Trolls face of against the elite Chaos cavalry.

On our extreme right a massed combat breaks out after I made a stupid move and get some Orc boys badly flanked. Luckily Ade's troops on this side aren't quite good enough to break through in 1 move and so reinforcements from both side pile in!

In the center things are very even as Ade's Chaos warriors with pole arms mash one of Dave's Orc units, whilst in turn my Boar Boys run down a big unit of Marauders!

This combat phase saw Dave's Giant die, 1 Orc unit wiped out, 1 Marauder unit broken and ridden down by Boar boys and a Marauder light cavalry unit break and flee! Many other combats were also going on, but most of them were inconclusive.

At this point we sadly ran out of time, but fear not as we have left the game set up to finish next Friday! Any experienced followers of the game will notice that at this point our tactics don't really extend beyond "line up and fight", but this is OK as the main thing is we are all having a good laugh and learning the rules.